Citroen Australia has recalled vehicles across several model lines as part of the Takata airbag campaign, including the old-generation C3, C4, DS3, DS4 and DS5.
As with all Takata-related notices, the affected airbag inflators can feature propellant that degrades over time due to humidity and high temperatures.
Should the propellant degrade, the metal inflator housing could rupture if the airbags are deployed in the event of a collision, shooting metal fragments into the cabin.
If the condition occurs, the shrapnel-like fragments pose a serious risk of injury, even death, to the vehicle's occupants.
Affected Citroen model lines including numbers and model years are as follows:
- C3 – 'A5' MY2009-14, driver's and passenger's airbag (511 units)
- C4 – 'B7' MY2010-15, driver's airbag (1135 units)
- DS3 – MY2009-16, driver's and passenger's airbag (976 units)
- DS4 – MY2011-15, driver's airbag (359 units)
- DS5 – MY2011-15, driver's airbag (311 units)
All up, there are 3292 units affected locally. The VIN list for these vehicles can be viewed here.
Owners of the affected vehicles are urged to contact their local dealer or Citroen Australia's head office via their website or at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange the replacement of their faulty airbag, free of charge.
For more information, call 1300 783 994.
The Takata airbag recall affects more than 100 million vehicles and nearly 20 automotive brands around the world. Among those are more than five million vehicles in Australia, the equivalent of four years of nationwide sales.
Globally, there have been 20 deaths linked to the scandal, and 230 serious injuries. One Australian motorist lost their life to a faulty Takata airbag in July 2017, one month after another Australian driver was seriously injured.
In February 2018, the recall of vehicles affected by the faulty Takata airbags was made compulsory under law, with affected manufacturers required to replace all defective airbags by the end of 2020. Last month the ACCC added some 1.1 million vehicles to the compulsory recall.
According to the Australian Government, the risk of a defective Takata airbag rupturing may arise between 6 and 25 years after it is installed in a vehicle. In areas of high heat and humidity, the risk of rupture may arise between 6 and 9 years.